Hanz Schulz – South Glengarry

If elected, would you make climate action a priority, and if so, how would you ensure that state-of-the art-energy reduction methods are included in the assessment of all municipal activities, spending and investments – both capital and on-going management?
  • Climate action is important. As an individual I have used ‘old fashioned’ methods to contribute to reducing our carbon footprint. My wife and I have planted windbreaks, fruit trees and reforested some of our property such that if you ‘google’ it you cannot see our house through the trees. As an elected politician I would be prudent enough to examine costs/benefits before giving a blanket statement saying I would implement any particular program.
Do you think your main street/downtown is successful – why or why not?  If elected, what specific actions, changes and improvements would you make to ensure a healthy and successful downtown/main street?
  • Given that I live in a rural part of the township there is no ‘main street’. I do hope to work with the various villages in South Glengarry to encourage growth and upgrading. As a member of, and current President of the Martintown Goodtimers we have contributed to the upgrading of the Martintown Community Center and Ken Barton Park. I think anyone who attended the RR canoe race or Goodtimer’s BBQ this year will have noticed the improvements.
If elected, how would you go about ensuring the replacement of tree cover lost in your municipality as a result of the Emerald Ash Borer?
  • As in Q1 and Q3 I have planted trees on my property, and helped plant trees in Ken Barton Park. I will be receiving Butternut trees from the Ferguson Forestry Center as part of the effort to reintroduce blight resistant butternuts. We need to work with local agricultural organizations, groups like the Ontario Woodlot Association(I am a member) and the Raisin River Conservation Authority to encourage reforestation. We also need to lobby the provincial government to economically compensate farmers for leaving land forested.
If elected, what waste management initiatives would you support toward increasing waste diversion and what targets would you like to set for your municipality?
  • This is an area in which I would need to do more research before answering. I have been composting for most of my adult life and am strong on recycling. I would certainly consider setting some limits on waste but realize it is not a one size fits all type of issue.
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